mono·​coque | \ˈmä-nə-ˌkōk, -ˌkäk\

Definition of monocoque 

1 : a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses

2 : a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis

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Taking the monocoque of Mercedes-Benz E 63 S station wagon as a starting point, the GT 63 version applies a variety of stiffening elements and added structure to the front clip and transmission tunnel. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: More Car Than Anyone Could Ever Enjoy," 5 Dec. 2018 The front section, including the cockpit survival cell and the jet engine's air intake, is a carbon fiber monocoque, similar to a top flight race car (and now the occasional road car). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The deets: Assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, the 4,784-pound compact crossover is built on a palpably stiff aluminum monocoque dressed in alloy body panels. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Jaguar I-Pace: An Electric SUV Hot on Tesla’s Heels," 21 Sep. 2018 Amazingly, the carbon fiber monocoque of the vehicle stayed largely intact, and Thompson suffered only minor bumps and cuts. Fox News, "Shocking video surfaces of Valerie Thompson's 343 mph motorcycle crash," 23 Mar. 2018 And crossover vehicles are just that, a crossover from a car to a utility vehicle with a monocoque or unibody construction. Bob Weber,, "Most SUVs are built more like cars than pickups, except Toyota 4Runner," 28 Jan. 2018 Genesis says the packaging versatility of the lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque and electric powertrain allowed its designers to create a car with a low profile and classic GT proportions. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Genesis Essentia Concept: High-Tech Coupe Dreams," 29 Mar. 2018 In addition to the carbon body, the Ren RS uses a carbon-fiber monocoque and claims a 4087-pound dry weight. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Techrules’ Track-Running Ren RS Turbine-Hybrid Supercar Has 1287 HP and One Seat," 6 Mar. 2018 This two seat coupe is designed for light weight as well, boasting a carbon fiber monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin's body partner Multimatic. Terry Troy,, "Local GMC dealers embrace "Like a Pro"," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of monocoque

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monocoque

French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon

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